Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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Over the last nine years, a total of 54 men and women died during domestic violence disputes, according to a report by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Assault.

The vast majority of those 54 deaths were women, often at the hands of their male partners. Most of these homicides happened in the greater Providence area. Advocates hope the data will compel lawmakers to introduce tougher legislation against domestic violence.

Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Assault director Deborah DeBare said the state needs better education on the issue.

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Rhode Island is once again near the bottom in a national ranking of the 50 states.  Usually that’s a reason for concern, but in this case, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says the bottom is a good place to be.

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Tis the season to be Jolly. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that not everyone enjoys the holidays.

For most Rhode Islanders, this is a sacred time of the year. As we gather together with friends, family and food, most of us will be giving thanks and turning our thoughts to those New Year’s resolutions.

Yet, before the first strain of Auld Lang Syne is sung on New Year’s Eve, we all need to take a  moment or two to remember that not all of us are surrounded by family, opening gifts, dipping into the eggnog and tossing another log on the fire.

This will be one of the last Mondays in which advocates accompany victims of domestic violence to court.  The domestic violence court advocacy program is closing on Mondays because of state budget cuts.  State support for victims of domestic violence has been on the decline for six years.

Rhode Island Nonprofits Feel the Squeeze

Apr 16, 2013
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It’s hard to turn on the news these days without hearing about another nonprofit in financial trouble.  Advent House – the state’s first homeless shelter – is without a director because it can’t afford one. John Hope Settlement House is bleeding $30,000 a month. And the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence has laid off a third of its staff.

No More Violence campaign lights up Statehouse

Feb 15, 2013

The State House will be illuminated in a bluish green color for the next week in recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention month.  The color teal has become emblematic of the “No More” campaign mounted by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.  The lighting is one of many activities the Coalition and its member agencies are hosting throughout February to reach out to teens and young adults.